John M. Fuss LBG #77

John Moses Fuss of Gettysburg passed on from this life at approximately 9:30 am on September 25, 2019 as a result of ongoing health issues. He was born near Emmitsburg, Maryland on September 26, 1930, the son of John M. Fuss and Helen Ohler Fuss. His wife, Sarah Rice Fuss, predeceased him on July 17, 2011 and his brother, Edward M. Fuss, predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by three daughters, Susan R. Kaltenbaugh and her husband Ron of Jefferson, MD; Diane J. Brown and her husband Scott of Bristol, PA; and Carolyn L. Keeler and her husband Michael of Powhatan, VA, and two grandchildren, Emily Kaltenbaugh and Aaron Keeler. John graduated from Emmitsburg High School, Class of 1947. He served in the Army for two years as a cryptographer including participation in Operation Ivy, the first test of a hydrogen bomb, in 1952. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gettysburg College, Class of 1956 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then was employed for five years with a world-wide public accounting firm in its Philadelphia office, at which time he also became a Certified Public Accountant. He was a lifetime member of the American Institute of CPAs, The Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and the Institute of Management Accountants. In 1961, John was employed as Controller of The Hanover Shoe, Inc., which was later sold to C. & J. Clark, Ltd. He continued with Clark until his retirement in 1992. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as a vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and the Chief Financial Officer. He continued to serve on the Clark Pension Committee until his 50th anniversary with the company. Immediately upon retirement in April 1992, he became a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where he thoroughly enjoyed guiding visitors over the Battlefield. For 28 years, he averaged over 700 tours per year with his final tour in August. Although he failed to meet his career goal of 20,000 tours by less than 200 tours, he served 218,812 visitors during 19,751 tours. During this time, he also served the guides and the Park as a volunteer by scheduling of duties. John was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ at the time of death having served both this church and prior churches as a volunteer in many capacities. He was a teacher of adult Sunday School classes for over 50 years and served as Sunday School Superintendent many years. As a result of his interest in history, he was a member of many historical societies and similar organizations. He served at various times as Director of both the Hanover and Adams County Historical Societies and as a member of the Finance Committees. Throughout his life, he volunteered his time with many public organizations including eight years on the South Western School District Board of Directors. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 East High St., Gettysburg, PA with Rev. Fred Young and Rev. George Heberling officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Arendtsville, PA. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Friday evening, October 4, 2019 at the Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, as well as from 10:00 AM until the time of the services Saturday morning at the church. Online condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity United Church of Christ Endowment Fund at 60 East High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.


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January 29, 2016 James L. “Jim” Martin Badge #140
January 14, 2016 Charlie Hathaway Badge #41
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August 20, 2015 James (Skip) Wensyel Badge #86
August 20, 2015 Nora Saum Badge #5
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July 30, 2014 Jack Lynch Badge #132
April 17, 2014 Bob Frank Badge #65
January 6, 2014 Woody Christ Badge #20
December 6, 2013 Hans Henzel Badge #38
October 15, 2013 Mark Strauch Badge #251
October 2, 2013 John Weixel Badge #225
June 19, 2013 Clyde R. Bell Guide Supervisor
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March 31, 2012 David Gutknecht Badge #221
December 11, 2011 Anthony Kellon Badge #220
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February 7, 2007 Becky Lyons Assistant Guide Supervisor
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In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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